ARKive Education

ARKive is a UK based charity aiming to promote a greater appreciation of the world’s amazing variety of living things. There is an extensive library of video, photos and teaching resources all available for free. Activities are suitable for 5-18 year olds and cover a wide range of topics. We think this is well worth a look.

Association for Science Education

A community of teachers, technicians, and other professionals supporting science education and is the largest subject association in the UK. The ASE is an independent and open forum for debate and a powerful force to promote excellence in science teaching and learning, with unique benefits for members.

BBC Science and Nature

An outstanding resource and a favourite with teachers and students alike. Try the interactive body, the space section or the links to environment and climate change. The psychology tests are worth a go too.

Boardworks - Free Resources - Science

Useful ideas and lesson plans for free. Register in order to download the best bits. There are regular updates and new features added. Definitely worth a look.

Cells Alive

A fun site for teachers and students. Lots of interactive material including a look at how big things are.


Create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds. Host them on your own blog, website or intranet. No signup, no passwords, no charge. Highly recommended and something you will come back to again and again.

Creative Chemistry

Providing a huge range of useful revision material for Chemistry. There are full-colour worksheets and teaching notes for fun activities suitable for a chemistry club, and around three hundred pages of question sheets and practical guides for GCSE and A Level Chemistry. Highly recommended and free.


Lots of resources which are interactive and ready for use. Download your own copy to keep (for a small fee) or use them direct from the web for free. A range of subjects are offered and the site is regularly updated.

Discovery Education Secondary

Discovery Education Secondary is the new name for a high quality service of relevant teaching material in video. Based on a server so not reliant on internet connection. Subscription based but fantastic value for money with regular updates. Training provided.


Doddle is an excellent resource covering a wide range of subjects across Key Stage 3 and 4. One of the best features is the ability for teachers to set differentiated activities to individual students and chart their progress. The activities are fun and interactive and provide instant feedback whether you are right or wrong. Difficult concepts are explained clearly and students can make progress very quickly. Doddle provides excellent value for departments on a tight budget.

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Subscription based interactive resources for all subjects and levels. Lots of tasters and samples to try out. This is an excellent resource and good value for money. Highly recommended.


This is how to bring practical, hands on science into a Primary classroom. Using a variety of techniques to develop vital scientific skills and confidence with science, Empiribox brings training and a huge bank of detailed lesson resources to help your primary school science curriculum come alive. There are some free samples to download but you’ll need to be a subscriber to get the full benefit. Worth a look for sure.


Exampro provides easy access to exam questions from AQA subjects including the sciences, ICT, computing, mathematics, humanities, languages and physical education. Questions are organised according to topics, type of question, demand and specification and searching is simple and intuitive. Mark schemes are accompanied by examiners comments where appropriate. The questions can be used for summative tests, homework, checking progress in the lesson and ‘full screen’ class discussion. The site is easy to use and a very reasonable licence fee will suit most department budgets.


A subscription site which is US based. They offer a free trial for 30 days and it is worth a go. They use interactive based software called gizmos and they really work well. This has revolutionised teaching science in the classroom. The resources allow you to track student progress and set assessments for students to do at home. If you try any subscription site then try this.


GCSEPod is a great way to reinforce learning and understanding with a well organised and ever expanding library of podcasts that are simple and easy to download. Students have access to a wide range of subjects, with voices of experienced and enthusiastic teachers to guide them through the essentials of each topic. For schools with a close eye on value for money, we think this ticks lots of important boxes – raising standards, promoting independent learning and making the most of the digital age. Take a look…..


The British Council’s web channel for climate change designed for teachers, students, young professionals, researchers and the creative sector interested in developing local climate change solutions or learning more about the impact of climate change around the world. The channel contains both proprietary content and that produced by partners and other organisations.

Guardian Teacher Network

This a fantastic place to look for free teaching resources. The Guardian have done an excellent job of organising this to make navigation easy and reliable. From ages 4-18, there are thousands of resources uploaded by teachers. The newsletter highlights some great new additions and time saving search tips. There are also links to the best of Education news from The Guardian. Follow them on Twitter @GuardianTeach for regular updates. We think you will really like this!

Institute of Physics is brought to you by the Physics in Society team at the Institute of Physics. Their aim is to inspire people of all ages about physics. Let them be your guide and show you the best physics places on the web. Some great stuff for anyone interested in Physics.


This is not simply a game-based learning space but an opportunity to challenge learners to participate and be involved in the process. It deepens the understanding and provides evidence of progress with its backroom statistics and analysis so that teachers can see who did what. Set up your own Kahoot! quizzes or borrow and adapt one of thousands that have been generated by other teachers, saving you hours of precious time. Students love it. Be prepared for the buzz of a Kahoot! session.

Learn Genetics - University of Utah

A first class resource with a fantastic variety of information for teaching Genetics, Variation and Inheritance, Life Sciences and all sorts. Easy to use, free and thoroughly recommended.

Learning Zone - Class Clips

Another gem from the BBC. A searchable database of BBC clips categorised according to curriculum area. An invaluable and ever expanding resource.

Music4Learning - Health and Wellbeing

An extract from a comprehensive work by Professor Susan Hallam at the Institute of Education, University of London. This chapter examines the effects of background music on health and well-being. There are many interesting perspectives and references to other scientific studies. Reproduced with kind permission of the author.

Music4Learning - The Wellcome Trust - Interactive Guide

Here is a comprehensive look at how music can enhance and enrich learning. Drawing on the knowledge of several experts in the fields of education, music and psychology, the Big Picture also provides a number of ideas for using music in the classroom.

My Science Box

A well-presented site that gives you lesson plans and resources based on the US curriculum for science. Lots of ideas for free from a science teacher.

Naked Scientists

The Naked Scientists are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials and promote it to the general public. A fantastic resource for teaching ideas, video clips and lots of fun stuff.

National Geographic

A phenomenal resource for education about the world and life around us. Free to use and full of detail. Every section is clearly signposted and provides a rich multimedia experience. Highly recommended.

Periodic Videos

A brilliant resource from the University of Nottingham designed to promote knowledge of chemistry and the world around us. Free to use. Highly recommended.

A free 30 day trial is definitely worth a go. An excellent resource for teachers allowing them to use a network of existing puzzles and quizzes and to modify them according to curriculum content. Flashcard activities, memory tests, pairs games, matching terms and lots more. Highly recommended.

SAM Learning

One of the UKs leading providers of online learning and revision with opportunities for teachers to monitor student performance and set assignments. Designed around the UK curriculum subjects. Excellent value for money.

Sandlot Science

Worth allowing a bit of time to browse through this site. Lots of interesting features especially the optical illusions which are great for getting the brain working. Take some of the tours. Free to use.

Scale of the Universe

A fantastic flash interactive animation demonstrating the scale of the universe from the biggest to the smallest. Absolutely stunning.

Science Museum

A great starting point for lots of different ideas. A range of online resources, lesson ideas, planning schedules for visits and loads more. Well worth a look and free to use.

Society of Biology

The Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting members and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.

Teaching Videos

A place where all sorts of videos have been put into categories and subjects. Beautifully simple and easy to use.

TES Australia

A great place to find new ideas and teaching resources. Full of support, guidance, top tips and hacks. You can register for free, receive updates and join in the community to share your ideas, resources and fun stuff too.

Twig World

Twig World provides high quality short films to support learning in the classroom for science, maths and geography at KS3 and GCSE. They also provide a variety of support materials both for students and teachers. The site also matches films to exam board topics. There is a wealth of information in each film, sourced from some of the best known archives in the world. Teachers and academics have worked with the production team to make sure the content is right up to date. Subscription rates are very reasonable. Take a look and set up a free trial…..


Register with this UK based site and download resources in PDF or PowerPoint for use in the classroom. Teacher notes relating to lesson objectives and delivery accompany each download.


An excellent site with an exciting and stimulating range of resources to aid revision and learning. Subscribe for free and gain access to hundreds of activities. Students are able to complete tasks online and teachers and parents can check on progress. Highly recommended.

Why is Science important?

A collection of thoughts from some eminent scientists, public figures and regular science teachers. Join the debate and contribute. Use this to answer the question ‘why do we learn about science?’

World Wide Fund for Nature

A huge range of resources and interesting features which will appeal to all. Within the site is a link to WWF learning which gives details about how to use these resources in the classroom.

Young People's Trust for the Environment

A charity which aims to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability. Some great sections and plenty of material to download for free. Highly recommended.